ICYMI – my talk from @PixelPopFest

The diversity conversation you need, but don't want Diversity is now a checkbox on a lot of lists rather than being about inclusion and making sure everyone is included. Let’s get into the nitty gritty of why we need to actually be inclusive and stop checking off boxes and calling it a done deal. https://youtu.be/s6378DxI8Uw

ICYMI – I’m giving the Saturday Keynote at @DifferentGames conference!

I'm honored to give the Saturday Keynote address at this year's Different Games Conference.  Why Inclusion is Required, and Diversity is Not Enough Tanya DePass Often times we talk about diversity and inclusion but we don’t grasp what it means beyond the 101 level conversation. Diversity has been reduced to a meaningless buzz word to many, and inclusion is not … Continue reading ICYMI – I’m giving the Saturday Keynote at @DifferentGames conference!

Updates, news and stuff

ICYMI - A bunch of stuff has happened lately, or rather that NDA life has eased up a little. First off, Game Devs and Others: Tales from the Margins has a cover! Done by Alex Croft (who you should totally support on Patreon)  The release date has changed on Amazon from June 8 to June … Continue reading Updates, news and stuff

Diversity Tools and Takeaway’s deck

Diversity Tools and Takeaways August 29, Grand 1 3:45 pm Diversity tools and takeaways Instead of another “diversity is good” type of talk, let us give you tools to make your games and workplace more inclusive. This panel focuses on giving people who are beyond a 101 level of understanding of inclusion concrete things to … Continue reading Diversity Tools and Takeaway’s deck

Hot off the press, @Gen_Con Industry Insider panels are posted

It's a bit of a way off but I do have some of my GenCon 50 schedule sorted for Industry Insider Panels! Full listing of Industry Insider sessions  which you can add to your wishlist until registration opens. Livestreaming Your Table Thursday 3pm Room 245 Aljernon Bolden, Kat Kuhl and Tanya DePass How to best utilize … Continue reading Hot off the press, @Gen_Con Industry Insider panels are posted

My Updated @GXAustralia schedule!

In a couple days I head over to Sydney Australia for the second, and sadly last GX Australia. 🙁 We're gonna make it a great time despite that y'all. I also promise not to fall for the whole Drop Bears thing 😉 Anyway, here's my schedule for GX Australia, panels and talks in the auditorium … Continue reading My Updated @GXAustralia schedule!

Up next for me, @ecgconf

Why stereotypes and tropes are not representation of the "Other" 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Tuesday April 18th  We’ve all seen and played games where People of Color (POC) are often stereotypes, or LGBTQIA characters are one-dimensional, and other identities don’t even get to exist for long. These portrayals are often flattened versions of what … Continue reading Up next for me, @ecgconf

Catch @qgcon panels via Livestream this weekend!

Folks are always asking me if panels will be streamed when I go to conventions and conferences. Well luck is with you, as Queerness and Games Conference has you covered! They have two twitch channels: twitch.tv/qgcon twitch.tv/qgcon2 If you want to catch a specific speaker over the weekend, the schedule is below. Remember all times … Continue reading Catch @qgcon panels via Livestream this weekend!

Next weekend kicks off a super busy month for me!

I'm doing sooo much stuff in April, but it's cool and I'm excited even if I'm a little tired just thinking about it. That means streams will be sporadic and not on the usual Tues/Thurs/Saturday schedule. Here's what I'm up to starting next Friday: April 1 & 2: Queerness and Games Conference  Los Angeles, CA … Continue reading Next weekend kicks off a super busy month for me!

Almost time for @Official_GDC! Here’s all the things I’m up to

Here's things what I am doing at GDC & Adjacent spaces! Monday - Attending the Gaming Accessibility Conference! #GAConf About the conference: Disability is a mismatch between a person and their environment, resulting in barriers performing day-to-day tasks, including gaming. These barriers are often unnecessary. Accessibility simply means avoiding those unnecessary barriers. This often means … Continue reading Almost time for @Official_GDC! Here’s all the things I’m up to

I’m part of the Fireside chats happening at the Blacks in Gaming event during @Official_GDC

If you'll be at GDC, I'm speaking at the Blacks in Gaming event, sponsored by Xbox! details and RSVP link in this post. Excited to have Kahlief Adams host this event and chat with him again! Xbox is once again proud to partner with the Blacks in Gaming (BiG) organization to host the 12th annual … Continue reading I’m part of the Fireside chats happening at the Blacks in Gaming event during @Official_GDC

My @qgcon schedule!

I'm excited to give a talk at this year's Queer Games Conference in LA! Gaming as POC: Where the Industry Has Failed Us, Where It Hasn’t and What to Hope For Abstract: The games industry has not done POC players, or characters well since the first square smacked a paddle in Pong. As the industry … Continue reading My @qgcon schedule!

.@OrcaCon is in a few days!

Ahhh it's finally almost here! OrcaCon is this weekend in Everett, WA! It's my first time being a Guest of Honor and I'm super excited.  Here's my schedule: Friday, January 13th, 2017 AVOIDING RACE FAIL AT YOUR TABLE – 8:00 PM A brief primer aimed at players in case they want to RP a character … Continue reading .@OrcaCon is in a few days!

My @OrcaCon schedule!

Here's the panels I will be for OrcaCon next January 13-15, 2017. It's my first Guest of Honor gig and I'm excited and nervous for it. Friday, January 13th, 2017 Avoiding Race Fail at your Table - 8:00 pm A brief primer aimed at players in case they want to RP a character outside their … Continue reading My @OrcaCon schedule!

On the expectation of free labor to diversify your spaces

[Copy/Pasted from an early AM twitter vent this morning 12/21/16] I'm in a mood, and I'm irritated. I want to talk about value of work, specifically diversity work & people's expectation of free labor. So I'm lucky, and in a good position where sometimes people come out the gate with what are your rates & fees? This … Continue reading On the expectation of free labor to diversify your spaces

Marking a year of…changes.

Today is the 1 year anniversary of getting canned from my day job. At 1 pm this day last year, I was in tears, unsure about everything. I'd not been back one day from GX3, before I got that call to come into a conference room. Where I was given a bullshit reason & let go. … Continue reading Marking a year of…changes.

On the value of black women’s work

So yesterday I couldn't sleep and twitterpated all over about the Safetypin box and the reactions to it. Notably that some dude bro who didn't know anything about the creators (Leslie Mac and Marissa Johnson) I collated those over on Medium for anyone who wants to peep  that first. On paying black women for the work … Continue reading On the value of black women’s work

Semi-infrequent reminders of how to support my work

Hey y'all! Here is a handy post on how you can support my work. A lot of people say they love what I do, and want me to keep doing it, but hey bills don't pay themselves, Comcast won't wait for their money and the cat needs kibble, I need food, y'all know how it … Continue reading Semi-infrequent reminders of how to support my work

Final @PAX West schedule!

Here's my final panel schedule for PAX West, which is next week! EEP! If you don't see me running around from panel to panel, then I'll be at the I Need Diverse Games table in the Diversity Lounge. As always, have a handy, 100% free guide to interacting with me in meat space at conventions. https://cypheroftyr.com/cypherinteractionguide/  … Continue reading Final @PAX West schedule!

June Update – xposted from Patreon

Hey y'all,  hope everyone is well out there. First off thanks for the support especially those who stayed around through the ups and downs of end of May/beginning of June. Support was close to $1200 a month, then dipped dramatically after signal boosting some other folks, which I can't control but it's really saddening to … Continue reading June Update – xposted from Patreon

Next up on the convention go-round, SFWA Nebula Conference

 For the first time ever, even with the Nebula's being in my back yard, I'll be paneling at the SFWA Nebula conference. Thanks to Mary Robinette-Kowal for inviting me to attend and be on panels this year. Schedule below, and I'll be wandering around all three days as well. I have panels on Thursday and … Continue reading Next up on the convention go-round, SFWA Nebula Conference

#trekDePaul –

I'll be speaking on panel "Debating the Future: Otherness and Privilege in Star Trek"! on Saturday, May 7th at a Celebration of Star Trek. Join us at this free event for a full day of panels discussions, screenings, games, events, masquerade, music, comedy, and hear from our special Keynote Speaker Brannon Braga! And more! This is … Continue reading #trekDePaul –

Doing all the things! March update [Reposted from Patreon]

Hi all, First off thank you for your support this past month, I appreciate every single Patreon, from everyone at the $1 and up helped keep me housed, the cat fed, internet and electricity on so I can do this work. So what have I been doing eh? A lot more streaming for one thing. … Continue reading Doing all the things! March update [Reposted from Patreon]

2016 Convention things…

I started to call it a schedule but changed my mind. A lot of the programming for cons I'm going to isn't finalized yet. So if you go to these cons; there's a damned good chance I'll be there.  Game Developers Conference March 14 - 18, San Francisco, CA. Attending and being point person for … Continue reading 2016 Convention things…

My @AlterConf Chicago talk is online

https://youtu.be/B9b2BT3phOw Well, my talk is up have a video of me talking about Why we Need Diverse Games Why we Need Diverse Games by Tanya C DePass A short talk on how the hashtag hit a nerve with the gaming community at just the right time, and continued on to become something tangible, something that people … Continue reading My @AlterConf Chicago talk is online

Very proud to announce that I’ll be at @IndieCade as part of the Gaming For Everyone Diversity Pavilion sponsored by @Intel

The Gaming For Everyone Pavilion presented by Intel So the news I've had to sit on for a bit is that #INeedDiverseGames/Fresh Out of Tokens have been selected as one of 10 participants for the Gaming For Everyone Pavilion at #IndieCade15!! We'll have a booth in the Pavilion, equipment set up by Intel and signage. … Continue reading Very proud to announce that I’ll be at @IndieCade as part of the Gaming For Everyone Diversity Pavilion sponsored by @Intel

Wiscon 2011 and how the emoon situation is making me rethink attending

So, it's not news about the whole emoon Islamaphobia post that is now shut down by the author. It isn't news that many fantastic people have written their piece about her idiocy Link Roundup @ karnythia's LJ and some great posts on this by Asim are here, here, here and response to the Wiscon concom … Continue reading Wiscon 2011 and how the emoon situation is making me rethink attending

NAFSA Day 1 & Gen. Colin Powell’s speech

NAFSA Day 1, or I R a NOOB Well the first full day of conferencing was intimidating and overwhelming. There are over 7,400 hundred people here! Over 104 countries are represented too. O_O! After missing a connection with some folks at Campion College in Australia, I went to the newbie meeting and then was kind … Continue reading NAFSA Day 1 & Gen. Colin Powell’s speech

NAFSA Update days 2-4

Soo.. here's the recap of my last few days in MN. NAFSA Day 2: Day two wasn't as omfg overwhelming as Tuesday was. I actually got a few good sessions and had lunch at <a href="http://www.masa-restaurant.com/">Masa</a> a trendy, quite over priced "contemporary" Mexican place. My one little enchilada and rice was about $12.00 O_o! They … Continue reading NAFSA Update days 2-4